Senate debates

Tuesday, 2 August 2022


Tauondi Aboriginal College

1:58 pm

Photo of Karen GroganKaren Grogan (SA, Australian Labor Party) Share this | | Hansard source

I rise to make a reflection on an experience I had a couple weeks ago when visiting the Tauondi Aboriginal College in Port Adelaide. It's a college that was set up in 1973 to recognise the Adelaide Plains people and the important work that they have been doing.

It's a college that helps support Aboriginal people make decisions and pathways into meaningful careers. It has for many, many years been seen as the Aboriginal hub, the cultural hub, within Adelaide. It has hosted some of the most important discussions and supported so many important initiatives over that time.

Unfortunately, in recent times, their funding has been under a great deal of threat, and they've lost their block funding. So they've now built a new pathway forward for themselves, a new business plan, to stand on their feet. One of the key things they do which is so important is to teach the Kaurna language, both to Aboriginal people coming up through that college—

Photo of Sue LinesSue Lines (President) Share this | | Hansard source

Thank you, Senator Grogan. The time for two-minute statements has expired. It's time for question time.